Howke History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestry of the name Howke dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in the place called Hooke in Devon.

Early Origins of the Howke family

The surname Howke was first found in Devon where one of the first records of the name was found in 1050-71 in a reference of Old English Bynames of Devon. Later in the Assize Rolls of Lincolnshire, the Latin form of the name, Hervicus and Richard Hoc were listed in 1218. By 1230, the Pipe Rolls of Berkshire has listed John Hook; the first listing of the name as it is more commonly spelt today. [1] "The surname was written in the XIV century as atte Hooke, and this by crasis sometimes became Tooke. It may be mentioned that Hoke, as a personal name, occurs in Saxon times. " [2]

Important Dates for the Howke family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Howke research. Another 150 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1270, 1275, 1296, 1417, 1636, 1575, 1580, 1658, 1640, 1642, 1635, 1703, 1655 and 1712 are included under the topic Early Howke History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Howke Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Howke have been found, including Hook, Hooke, Hoke and others.

Early Notables of the Howke family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Rev. Thomas Huyck DCL (died 1575), Chancellor of the Diocese of London; Sir Richard Hook of Scotland; Humphrey Hooke (1580-1658), a Member of Parliament for Bristol...
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Migration of the Howke family to Ireland

Some of the Howke family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 37 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Howke family

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Howke, or a variant listed above: John Hook settled in Plymouth in 1620; William Hook with his family settled in Maine in 1635; Thomas Hook settled in Virginia in 1663.


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
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